Heritage

Portugal is a land of castles and fortresses, palaces and cathedrals, convents and manor houses. Throughout the whole country, our building heritage invites us to take a journey through time and get to know the History of Portugal at a more intimate level.


Almourol castle 

In the middle of the Tagus river there is a small island called Almourol. A medieval castle stands on the island with thick walls and imposing battlements, only reachable by boat. Frequently encircled by morning mists or thick evening fog, the castle of Almourol is the setting for countless romantic tales involving enchanted princesses, Moorish princes and Christian Knights. The Templars passed by and there are still those who believe that a famous treasure still lies hidden at Almourol.

Portuguese guitars

Portugal is a land of castles and fortresses, palaces and cathedrals, convents and manor houses. Throughout the whole country, our building heritage invites us to take a journey through time and get to know the History of Portugal at a more intimate level.  Places such as the historical centres of Porto, ╔vora, GuimarŃes, Sintra and Angra da HeroÝsmo have been classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, as well as countless monuments in Lisbon, Tomar and Alcobaša. We should also not forget the extraordinary rupestrian paintings at Foz C˘a which show us the art of a people who lived more than 30 thousand years ago.

However, Portuguese heritage is not just limited to monuments. The memory of a people is also present, for example, in the region of the Douro, where throughout the centuries human beings have shaped the sides of the hills there to grow vines for the famous Port wine, which is also part of our national heritage.

Or the countless national museums of Art, Archaeology, Cinema, Theatre, Costumes, Ethnology, etc, where the greatest Portuguese treasures are kept and exhibited. In Lisbon a visit to the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga) is a must, as well as a visit to the Soares dos Reis Museum in Porto.

One of the most emblematic museums is the Museum of Fado, located right in the heart of traditional Lisbon, and there to explain better than anyone this sad and melancholic lament, which is nothing less than the voice of the Portuguese soul which, after all, is also our national heritage.

To know more:
 Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage (IPPAR)
 UNESCO - Portuguese Comission
 Portuguese Institute of Museums (IPM) 

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